Pettinger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pettinger is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a maker and seller of soup which is derived from the Old French word potagier, which meant "maker and seller of pottage." Pottage is a thick soup or broth. The original bearer of this surname may very well have been an itinerant peddler traveling with a fair. It was common to have food sellers traveling with medieval fairs; pottage was a popular food stuff to be found at these events. A good literary example of this type of trade appears in the beginning of Thomas Hardy's book The Mayor of Casterbridge, where the "furmity woman" precipitates the events of the novel by selling soup laced with alcohol to Henchard, who in later years becomes the Mayor of the title of the book. The word pottinger is Scottish for an apothecary. In the Household Book of James V. of Scotland, one of the king's horses, set apart for carrying the drugs of the royal household, is jocosely known by this name: - 'uno equo pharmacopile, vulgo de Pottinger.' " [1]

Early Origins of the Pettinger family

The surname Pettinger was first found in various shires throughout ancient England. The Writs of Parliament may have the first entry for the name as it lists Walter le Potager, 1303. Kirby's Quest lists John le Potager, Somerset, 1 Edward III [2] and the Freemen of York listed Simon de Wederhale, potager, 2 Edward III. [3] For these last two entries, the reader needs to understand that many early rolls merely had entries for each year of the king's reign as it took years to complete a given rolls. By example, "1 Edward III" meant "during the first year of King Edward III's reign."

Walter le Potagier was listed in 1300 and Walter le Potager was listed in Oxfordshire in 1321. [4]

Quite unexpectedly, Scottish entries for the name were later. "The surname appears in Scotland to have been confined mainly to Orkney and Shetland. Alexander Potyngeir and Thome Potyngeir were jurors on an inquest held at Sabay, Orkney, 1522. Alexander Potinger was one of the witnesses to a deed of sale in Orkney, 1552." [5]

Early History of the Pettinger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettinger research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1640, 1575, 1762, 1776, 1556, 1647, 1733, 1642, 1652, 1659, 1658, 1664, 1691, 1789 and 1856 are included under the topic Early Pettinger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pettinger Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Pettinger include Pottinger, Potinger, Pottingal, Pottingale and others.

Early Notables of the Pettinger family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Agnes Potten (died 1556), one of two English women of Ipswich who were imprisoned and burned at the stake in Ipswich during the Marian persecutions, both are commemorated among the Ipswich Martyrs. John Potenger or Pottinger (1647-1733), was a master in chancery and author, the son of John Potenger, D.D...
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Ireland Migration of the Pettinger family to Ireland

Some of the Pettinger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Pettinger migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Pettinger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Dorothy Pettinger, who landed in America in 1620 [6]
Pettinger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christina Pettinger, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [6]

Australia Pettinger migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pettinger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Pettinger, English convict who was convicted in Kingston Upon Hull, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pettinger (post 1700) +

  • Donald R. Pettinger (b. 1961), American jockey in Thoroughbred flat horse racing
  • Paul Allen Pettinger (b. 1975), English professional football goalkeeper
  • Andrew "Andy" Pettinger (b. 1984), English footballer
  • Glenn Murray Pettinger (b. 1928), Canadian Olympic basketball player
  • Billy Pettinger (b. 1982), Canadian singer and songwriter
  • Gordon Pettinger (1911-1986), Canadian ice hockey forward
  • Gordon Robert "Gosh" Pettinger (1911-1986), retired British professional ice hockey centre
  • Eric "Cowboy" Pettinger (1904-1968), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Matt Pettinger (b. 1980), Canadian professional ice hockey left winger

The Pettinger Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus in ardua
Motto Translation: Courage against difficulties.

  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 23rd August 2020, Retrieved from on Facebook